Ravens Protect The British Monarchy
2012 06 08

By Laurie Kay Olson | PetsLady.com



This weekend Queen Elizabeth II and all of her subjects will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee on the throne of the British Commonwealth. She has six beautiful ravens in permanent residence at the Tower of London to thank for protecting the Monarchy, and the royal post she has held for sixty years now.

In many cultures around the world, the raven is seen as an ill omen, a symbol ot the supernatural, or even believed to carry the portent of death. During the Middle Ages the raven was also considered a witch’s familiar.

It is uncertain exactly when the birds took up residence in the Tower, but legend has it that during the reign of Charles II (1630-1685) the royal astronomer, John Flamsteed, complained of ravens interfering with his study of the stars from the Royal Observatory. At that time the Observatory was located in the White Tower. Charles ordered the birds destroyed. He was quickly advised that if the ravens left the tower, the tower would fall and disaster would ensue for the kingdom. The King changed his mind and decreed that henceforth at least six raven would be kept in the tower to forestall any impending tragedies.

Another legend has it that a Dark Ages king named Bran (Welsh for raven) was killed in battle and he had requested that his head be buried on the White Mount, later the site of the Tower of London.

There are currently seven ravens in residence at the tower -- six and a spare. They are Hardey, Thor, Odin, Gwyllum, Cedric, Hugine, and Munin. They live in special pens at the Wakefield Tower.

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Beefeater at the Tower of London -- the Ravenmaster


A Yeoman Warder, or Beefeates, is the Raven Master. He keeps an eye on this unusual unkindness of ravens (a group of ravens is an unkindness). He cares for them, feeds them, and keeps one wing of each clipped to prevent escape. This does not harm or hurt the birds, though the occasional bird has been known to make a run for it.

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The raven pens at the Tower of London



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